Shalini Ganendra Fine Art

GREEN TO GO – A Green Initiative 2013


Shalini Ganendra Fine Art’s promotion of GREEN DESIGN and landscape art by student designers – a collaboration with Taylor’s University, School of Architecture, Building, Design 2013, culminated in an exhibition of the winning landscape designs at Gallery Residence from April 30 – July 1, 2013.


Green to Go is a non-profit community initiative organized by Shalini Ganendra Fine Art (SGFA) with the intention of developing awareness of environment, good design, functionality and great landscape art. For this first segment, SGFA worked with Taylor’s University students who were given a brief of creating a piece of uniquely designed landscape art, which incorporated green principles with accessible materials and concept understandable to children. All vegetation was to be locally sourced with preference for herbs.


The green theme is in keeping with SGFA’s gallery which is itself an award winning, certified Green Building. Green to Go aims to engage the wider community in ‘green’ practices in a creative and innovative way, and the two winning projects were ideal examples of this philosophy.


Six group designs, created by 120 students, were shortlisted. Two winners were chosen for their unique and functional design. Both designs incorporate plants that are indigenous, low maintenance and edible.


The two winning designs were: (1) Green Car – a car frame made from wire mesh which will be covered by green herbs over the course of time; and (2) Green Wall which uses tin cans as plant pots, which can be easily moved along an aluminium slat, like pieces of Lego. All the materials of the wall were made using aluminium, an easily recyclable material, and recycled cans.


The GREEN TO GO program featured an exhibition of the 6 shortlisted and winning designs, with an important discussion and planting ART HUG session with local school children.


The installation with the various potted plants will grow at the gallery for one year, and then plants will be reclaimed by participating children to start their own kitchen gardens within their communities.